Title

Baptism

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Language

eng

Publication Date

12-2017

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Source Publication

The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies

Source ISSN

9780199600847

Abstract

This chapter surveys commonalities and divergences with regard to the theology and practice of baptism that are reflected in the World Council of Churches convergence document on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, and considers in particular the Anabaptist, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Quaker, and Reformed traditions. Major topics treated include: the role of faith with regard to baptism, interconnections between baptism, faith, and justification; the relationship between baptism and patterns of initiation in various traditions; and elements of the ancient catechumenate in contemporary rites. The chapter argues that in the expansive theology of baptism in the catechumenal tradition baptism is understood to be transformative and regenerative, eucharistic in orientation and meaning, eschatological in orientation, and ecclesial in context. The chapter finally summarizes the achievements of ecumenical dialogue and identifies remaining issues.

Comments

"Baptism," The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies, edited by Geoffrey Wainwright and Paul McOartlan. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. DOI. © 2018 Oxford University Press. Used with permission.

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